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it for us here in newtown. thank you for watching. "early start" begins next. ♪ >>> on this special edition of "early start," a community and a nation in mourning. >> newtown, you are not alone. >> the president, offering words of comfort and inspiration, to those trying to make sense of a senseless tragedy. >> the face of indescribable violence. in the face of unconscionable evil. you've looked out of each other. and you cared for one another. and you've loved one another. >> we're remembering the victims, 20 children and 6 adults. some who gave their lives to save others. >> she was truly selfless. she would not hesitate to save anyone else before herself, especially children. >> as more details emerge, people in the small community search for strength to face the difficult days ahead. >> we will move on. we will never forget. we will, in many ways, be made stronger for what has transpired. and we will get better. >>> good morning. and welcome to this special edition of "early start." >> it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. we're coming to you live from newtown, connecticut, this morning. it is a
with the latest information coming out of newtown, connecticut. students in the newtown school district will return to classes tomorrow. they took monday off to mourn the 20 children and 6 adults killed at sandy hook elementary on friday. all schools in the district will have increased security. investigators have not yet said what sparked the shooting ramp page. they did tell reporters 2 female employee shot friday survive. investigators previously said there was just one wounded survivor. funerals are scheduled all week for those who lost their lives in the attack. earlier today service marking the passing of 6-year-old the and twin sister in another classroom during the shooting. she survived. >> second funeral today was held for another young victim another child just 6 years old. laura is live from sandy hook where jack pnt 0was laid to rest. laura. >>reporter: hi dan yes. the fawn rall started today. they will continue through the weak. each will be heart breaking in their own right. in the mean time this public memorial in the center of town continues to grow and an e
message when he attended sunday's memorial at the newtown high school. two teachers, steve george and bobby patterson, left him a note on a classroom board. they thanked him for his leadership and helping the community to heal. well, the president responded with a note of his own, writing "you're in our thoughts and prayers" and then signed his name. >>> and the aunt of gunman adam lanza is fearing for the safety of her family. marsha lanza has three sons and says they are heart broken over the shootings. she also says the tragedy has brought shame to the family. lanza says she had not seen her nephew since he was 3 years old and she's worried about possible repercussions that her two youngest sons may face at school. >> we had nothing to do with it. yes, we're related, but my boys, my three younger boys did not know their cousins. >> she also says she has not heard from the gunman's father, peter lanza, about funeral arrangements. >>> in light of the tragedy, gun control is once again a hot topic for public debate right now. a new abc news poll found that 54% of americans favor s
in friday's newtown tragedy. many gun supporters are adamant that assault style rifles should not be outlawed. >> if you read the federalist papers, our forefathers wanted to protect the same type of weapons the military had. >> gun control just takes the guns out of hands that obey the laws. >> 1 in every 209 americans has an ar-15. president clinton placed a ban on assault rifles in 1994 and it expired in 2004. >> and people debate its real impact. did it have any impact? you see conflicts reports. >> there were a lot of loopholes. >> and some senators say first day of the new congress, that's going to be back on the table. >> and our facebook question looks specifically at gun control. >> what is your advice to lawmakers? check out our facebook fan page to give your comments on the issue. we may read some of your responses right here on the air. >>> also, the school shooting rampage is touching young hearts on the other side of the globe. a school in warsaw, poland observed a moment of silence in honor of those killed friday. the children said they wanted to show solidarity
ashley. >> i'm carry written johnson. begin with the latest information coming out of newtown, connecticut. students in the newtown school district will return to classes tomorrow. they took monday off to mourn the 20 children and 6 adults killed at sandy hook elementary on friday. all schools in the district will have increased security. investigators have not yet said what sparked the shooting ramp page. they did tell reporters 2 female employee shot friday survive. investigators previously said there was just one wounded survivor. funerals are scheduled all week for those who lost their lives in the attack. earlier today service marking the passing of 6-year-old the and twin sister in another classroom during the shooting. she survived. >> second funeral today was held for another young victim another child just 6 years old. laura is live from sandy hook where jack pnt 0was laid to rest. laura. >>reporter: hi dan yes. the fawn rall started today. they will continue through the weak. each will be heart breaking in their own right. in the mean time this public me
in newtown, connecticut, as four more families prepare to lay to rest their little ones. >>> plus, a mixed message. friday's massacre prompts calls for swift action on gun control. but sales of guns are surging. >>> the wind, the snow, sure signs of the season. a snowstorm is moving across the country, right in time for the holidays. we'll show you where it will hit. >>> and sweet success. a little girl takes on a big company, cracking the glass ceiling for future generations. but it's not who you think. it was all for her little brother. >>> and a good tuesday morning, everyone. a ritual returns for thousands of older students in newtown. they're going back to school today. but those who attended sandy hook elementary are still waiting for their new classrooms. >> and this long line of funerals. very sad days. it continues later today. tahman bradley joins us this morning from newtown. good morning, tahman. >> reporter: good morning, rob and paula. it is remarkable to see this community this morning. the signs of remembrance are everywhere. people are paying their respects at memorials an
th. thank you for watching "fox & friends first". >> a trying day for newtown connecticut for the whole country as funerals wiare being held for the victims of the horrific school shooting. >> president obama offered comfort and support for the have you beening tim's families. >> president obama came to newtown last night. he was trying to comfort the families of those who have children who went to sandy hook elementary school. he went to the classrooms before his natural address and principal dawn hochsprung's daughter that had a caption my mom would be so proud to see president obama holding her granddaughter but not as proud as i am of her. 6-year-old emilie parker's family posted pictures as well. some of them very some der others with her young sibling are full of smilesment after the meetings in the classroom the president told new town that the nation's heart was broken for their loss. >> as a community you have inspired us, newtown. in the face of indescribable center lines, in the face of unconscionable evil, you looked out for each other. you cared for one anothe
students in newtown. they're going back to school today. but those who attended sandy hook elementary are still waiting for their new classrooms. >> and this long line of funerals. these very sad days. it all continues later today. abc's tahman bradley joins us this morning from newtown. good morning, tahman. >> reporter: good morning, rob and paula. it is remarkable to see this community this morning. the signs of remembrance are everywhere. people are paying their respects at memorials and funerals. newtown is performing a grim task. parents are doing what they shouldn't have to. 6-year-old noah pozner was eulogized as a boy who liked animals, video games and mexican food. at his funeral, an onlooker collapsed. inside the funeral, his mother moved everyone to tears with her stories. >> she told him, i love you. and it matters that i loved you. >> reporter: another funeral, for jack pinto, also 6. >> it's sad. sad. heavy heart. >> reporter: there's still so much pain for all close to friday's shooting. connecticut governor dan malloy wiped away tears recalling the moment he informed
>> barton admits that gun reform might not have been enough to prevent the newtown tragedy but says there should be a balance between our second amendment right as well as public safety. >> and in a moment, our other big headline. a major loss on capitol hill. >> and sending heartfelt christmas greetings to newtown families struggling over the holidays. you're watching "world news now." ♪ >>> welcome back, everybody. we're going to move to other news. daniel inouye is being remembered from washington to his home state of hawaii. he was a world war ii medal of honor winner who lost an arm to a german hand grenade in italy. he became the first japanese american in congress and served 50 years in the u.s. senate. his death was announced by harry reid. >> the kindness that he has shown me for me time here in the senate has been something i will cherish always. a man who has lived and breathed the senate. he was that patriot. >> very kind words. president obama also a native of hawaii tweeted aloha yesterday. he died yesterday at 88 years old. >>> there is progress in talks on the fisc
of newtown, connecticut. students in the newtown school district will return to classes tomorrow. they took monday off to mourn the 20 children and 6 adults killed at sandy hook elementary on friday. all schools in the district will have increased security. investigators have not yet said what sparked the shooting ramp page. they did tell reporters 2 female employee shot friday survive. investigators previously said there was just one wounded survivor. funerals are scheduled all week for those who lost their lives in the attack. earlier today service marking the passing of 6-year-old the and twin sister in another classroom during the shooting. she survived. >> second funeral today was held for another young victim another child just 6 years old. laura is live from sandy hook where jack pnt 0was laid to rest. laura. >>reporter: hi dan yes. the today. rall started today. ty will continue through the weak. each will be heart breaking in their own right. in the mean time this public memorial in the center of town continues to grow and an effort by mostly strange investigators comfo
, unfortunately, unfolding in connecticut right now. in newtown, connecticut, at a small elementary school. the sandy hook elementary school. for those of you who are just tuning in, we are now getting numbers, our own john king reporting, quoting law enforcement sources as saying at least 20, but perhaps closer to 30 individuals, many of them children, have been killed in this incident. individual suspect, a 20-year-old, is -- the suspect, the shooter is a 20-year-old. law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation telling our susan candiotti, that suspect, we believe, is dead right now. you just heard police at a small briefing, didn't provide a lot of information, but they did tell us the area now appears to be secure, but this has been a horrific, horrific mass killing at an elementary school in connecticut. a school for kids from kindergarten through fourth grade. we're watching all of this unfold. lisa procachini is on the phone right now. she's a parent of an 8-year-old at the school, the sandy hook elementary school. your 8-year-old is fine, i take it, lisa. tell us w
in newtown, connecticut. a search warrant is being conducted in hoboken, new jersey. that's where he lived. we know that shortly after 9:30 this morning, walked in to the mother's kindergarten classroom and opened fire. he killed her an he also killed at least 18 children. that's the latest. we'll continue right now. "the cycle" will pick things up from here. >>> 3:00 here in new york. five hours and 90 miles from the mass shooting. we have been following it for you throughout the day ones ms. speaking of newtown, population 27,000, reeling this afternoon along with a stunned nation, after a gunman opened fire just after the start of class this morning. federal sources say he was 24 years old with two guns and shot dead. the suspect reportedly from hoboken made the hour or so trip up north to sanly hook elementary school where his mother taught kindergarten. we're hearing that victims were found inside the kindergarten classroom and inside the principal's office. new jersey governor chris christie expected to speak momentarily about the suspect. connecticut's governor up live this hour, a
news reporter erica ferrari joins us live from newtown with more on president obama's appearance at a public memorial and it was obviously, a very emotional sad day as he spoke yesterday. >> reporter: behind closed doors, the president told connecticut's governor that friday was the single most difficult day of his presidency. >> reporter: charlotte, daniel, olivia... >> reporter: the tears flowed freely as the people of newtown, connecticut remembered those gunned down at sandy hook elementary school. >> we gather here in memory of 20 beautiful children and six remarkable adults. >> reporter: president obama said he brought with him the love and prayers of the nation. >> i am very mindful that mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow nor can they heal your wounded hearts. >> reporter: the next painful step in the grieving process begins today when the first two funerals will be held here in newtown. >> they were innocent babies and that's what makes it almost incomprehensible. >> reporter: police believe the carnage could have been much worse. they say 20-year-old adam
>>> i'm erin burnette reporting live if newtown, connecticut. a community in mourning after a deadly school shooting killed 20 children and six adults, over the next two hours we bring you the latest details on the investigation and the victims. and there are also some other major stories that we're following on this sunday afternoon. deb ferrick is live in atlanta and will bring you the developments later in the program. as we arrived here where our cameras are, it's hard not to be moved by what you see in this town. there's one place where you literally see 20 angels in wood. everywhere, there are balloons and flowers and teddy bears and things in honor of victims that it is impossible to imagine. the age and innocence of these victims. today we're learning some new details about the horrendous crime and about these innocent victims' deaths. here's what we know. police say crime scene investigators are wrapping up work in the parking lot of the sandy hook elementary. work continues inside the school, the crime scene. here's what we know about the guns. three of them were f
of sadness that we can share with you to ease this heavy load, we will gladly bear it. newtown, you are not alone. >> america mourns a national tragedy, as investigators at a connecticut community search for answers. >> the second deadliest school shooting in united states history. >> this not just heartbreaking. they're not just names. it's not a list. they're little kids. >> the heartbreaking good-byes begin today with the first funerals. >> the shooter has been positively identified as adam lanza. his death has been ruled a suicide. >> police are still investigating a motive for the massacre. >> i don't think anything is worse than what happened in this school. >> what happened there is a nightmare. >> to pick on 6 and 7-year-olds, it's beyond horrific. >> i had to break it to all the folks who were assembled at the firehouse that their children or their loved ones were not coming home. that's an exercise that i will live with for the most of my life. >> house speaker john boehner is now willing to consider a tax increase for those making more than $1 million a
have kids the same age, 30, 40 minutes away from newtown in elementary school in a town very similar. this hit very close to home for us and for a lot of people. >> you know, based on that point, if it can happen in newtown and it can happen anywhere, in a small rural community and haggerstown, maryland, an idyllic community, town of 30,000, just likes newtown, and people are mourning and weeping as they mourn for the teachers at sanry hook elementary school. >> just when you think you can be composed and keep it together and maybe the tears will have stopped, they put out the names and ages of the victims and even not knowing them, but just to read through their names and their ages is just wretching. we will show you some of their names now, the victims, there were 12. we'll show them later to you, basically 20 children and younger than we thought, remember that president obama and his first report that they were between five and ten years old. they were really just six and seven years old, all of them and it's also to know, we didn't know at the time, what close range they were ki
. this is "piers morgan tonight." good evening. in newtown, there have been an assembly line of wakes and funerals. allison wyatt, benjamin whiler, and catherine and lauren rousseau and anne marie murphy. a private service for family only of nancy lanza. we begin with quite an extraordinary interview. his son jesse lewis died and as he spoke about his loss, there is remarkable words of understanding and hope. >> thank you very much for joining me and please accept my very sincere condolences for this loss to your family. tell me about your son jesse. >> jesse was my son but he was my best friend and my buddy, too, and i'm just really at a loss for words. we did everything together. he had so many favorite spots where we'd go, the diner in town here, the grocery store, a bagel or muffin in the morning. the deli where he would go to get his sandwich in the morning also before school and his snack. just -- i -- i'm lost for words. >> the feeling i got from everything i've understood about his last few moments alive were that he showed great courage, that he was trying to get out of there, that he was
, their families and our country as we mourn the deaths of the children and school officials in newtown, connecticut. >> thank you. to lead us through the preliminary matters and to provide us with a welcoming address, i would like to pass the gavel to congresswoman elect, joyce beatty. >> thank you very much, secretary husted. we begin with an innovation. at this time i would like to ask the reverend angela simmons to please come up. let us pray. almighty god, we gather here together today as people from many different faith traditions, yet we share a bond that is deep and enduring, a profound and abiding belief in justice and peace for all of your children. from the rolling hills of new england to the sunny beaches of california and beyond even the borders of this hallowed land. together today we meet to celebrate this democracy, lord, with which you have blessed us and we assemble to cast the votes that will elect the next president of these united states of america. we pray that each person casting a vote does so with a pure mind, heart, and soul seeking the very best and the highes
to stop further mass shooting. overwhelming sorrow reverberated from this newtown high school. packed full with people trying to make sense of the unimaginable. >> you keep asking, why? and there's no answer. no answer. >> reporter: this afternoon, families of some of the youngest victims will say good-bye. 6-year-old jack pinto and little noah pozner will be laid to rest. >> chase. jesse. james. god has called them all home. >> last night, president obama joined the grieving and promised their deaths would not be in vain. we can't tolerate this anymore. these tragedies must end. and to end them we must change. >> he gave us a lot of hope and knowing that there's something that's going to be done. >> reporter: police are trying to determine a motive. they say the shooter killed his mother and then broke into zook zook elementary school friday morning. >> it's going to take many, many man hours to attempt to draw this picture together, to put this puzzle together. >> without answers this community waits. >> it's just unimaginable. it's just horrible. >> reporter: hearts heavy as many questi
interview with man whose 6-year-old son died in the massacre in newtown. what will it take more to stop this violence? >> we can do better. we must do something. >> plus, the texas gun dealer who says the answer is we should arm teachers and clergymen and nurses. >> there should be an equal amount of firepower that the teacher would have. >> can any good come of all this? one tragedy 16 years ago that continues to save lives. >> the idea that because the problem is guns, the answer is guns is simply ridiculous. >> also, a man who knows a thing or two about guns talks about his new movie and it's not about what you think. this is "piers morgan tonight." good evening. in newtown, there have been an assembly line of wakes and funerals. allison wyatt, benjamin whiler, and catherine and lauren rousseau and anne marie murphy. a private service for family only of nancy lanza. we begin with quite an extraordinary interview. his son jesse lewis died and as he spoke about his loss, there is remarkable words of understanding and hope. >> thank you very much for joining me and please accept my very
check. >>> more and more gun advocates changing their mind. >>> all that, plus comfort guards in newtown. obama and boehner wheel and deal. >> announcer: this is "early today" for tuesday, december 18th, 2012. >>> good morning, this morning, we're learning more about adam lanza, the troubled 20-year-old who took the lives of 27 people last week including new details with his relationship with parents. adam's parents separated in 2001 and later separated in 2009. they said peter lanza cut off visiting adam around 2010. that was around the time that peter lanza began dating his new wife. peter lanza paid his ex-wife nancy just under $200,000 in alimony in 2012. friends say nancy lanza had not been working in recent years. adam lanza had, quote, no connections to the school where the massacre occurred. >>> students are returning to school this morning for the first time since the shooting massacre. meanwhile, more families will hold funerals. nbc's danielle leigh joins us. >> reporter: good morning. over my shoulder, you may be able to make out a christmas tree that's marking the memorial t
the people of newtown, they're not alone. a powerful call to action. a president filled with angry. >> i come to offer the love and prayers of a nation. mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow. nor can they heal your wounded hearts. you're not alone in your grief. >> reporter: consolation first. and then, a call to action. >> this is our first task. caring for our children. if we don't get that right, we don't get anything right. can we truly say, as a nation, that we're meeting our obligations? the answer is no. these tragedies must end. and to end them, we must change. >> reporter: president obama, stricken and stern, promised to make america safer for our children. >> i'll use whatever power this office holds to engage my fellow citizens in an effort aimed at preventing more tragedies like this. are we really prepared to say we're powerless in the face of such carnage? >> reporter: across the audience, tears became sobs, as the president remembered those who shielded the children. >> dawn hochsprung, mary sherlach, lauren rousseau, vicki soto, rachel davino and anne marie murphy.
and know their names. the innocent lives lost in the newtown shooting. >>> at surround services across the country thoughts, messages, and prayers will be said in honor of the connecticut shooting victims. how churches in the bay area are responding. mornings on 2 starts now. >>> good morning, welcome to mornings on 2 i'm congress congress. >> and i'm dave stevenson. >> we could have a few light showers moving into parts of the bay area. not a lot of coverage to show you right now with the bulk of the action up to the north. even if you are not covered we could still have spotty sprinkles or drizzle. as far as temperatures this is the key change. warmer than yesterday at this time. temperatures right now basically matching yesterday's high. santa rosa 44 degrees. oakland 48. san jose 47 degrees. as far as shower chances here we are 10:00 this morning and we do bring in the chance but this forecast model really brings in more rain later on into the evening hours. we'll highlight that the forecast and the monday morning commute. >>> president obama will travel to newtown, connecticut tod
cincinnati newtown, we're hearing from chlt nra. >> and look out below. a landslide takes out a freight train. a camera captures the whole thing. look at that. good morning. welcome to "early start." >> it's nice to have you with us. it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. up first, systemic failures at the state department. that is a scathing conclusion of an independent review board investigating the deadly september 11th attack at the u.s. consulate in benghazi. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were killed that day. the panel finding security in benghazi was grossly inadequate to cope with the attack, that washington ignored repeated requests to beef up personnel, and ultimately a lack of transparency, responsiveness and leadership senior levels both this washington and in libya. alise, what do you make of this report. a lot of these findings we've been talking about for a very long time. >> that's right, but also in the last few months, there's been so much politicization of this attack, especially with these talking points and the whole issue of susan rice, ambassador susan rice a
you had no idea? >> i had no idea. >> reporter: back in newtown, connecticut, the community is shining bright with these. so santa can find his way. lindsay davis, abc news, new york. >> i love that. the 26 lights and also what you're seeing a lot of folks do, talk about, the 26 random acts of kindness. one act in honor of each victim killed inside the school. picking up some steam, you see some stuff in social media about that. also cool, the whole newtown police force gets to be off today and spend christmas with their family because all the other cops from around the state of connecticut said, go home and be with your family. that's so great to hear. they need mental, physical and emotional time off. >> you hear from so many families. they say your priorities change immediately. you don't have a home this holiday. what are you supposed to do? >> as we open our gifts this morning, keep the sandy folks and newtown folks in your head and in your heart today, for sure. >>> also with the holiday message, pope ben tikt xvi expressed his concern. the pope opened that service with a traditi
alert. i'm geraldo rivera live on location in newtown, connected cut. scene of the murder of 20 children. six adults teaching and caring for them. as expressions of horror and sympathy poor in this picturesque new england town for millions of americans from the white house, from leaders around the world, even from the pope himself. we ask why. why would anyone perpetrate this terror against defenseless children? why would anybody massacre boys and girls who cannot comprehend the depraved crime even as it was being inflicted against them. what sole could disregard for the precious young lives he ended on a sunny december morning in connecticut. so today as we grieve the tiny people who perish by violence during the height of the christmas season and a wonderful town, virtually untouched before friday by the wickedness of the world. and we pledge our support for their families and friends and neighbors who will never be the same memory, incalculable loss. we also seek to find out why and what made this 20-year-old perpetrator the devil's own instrument of the apock apocalypse. we begin wit
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-year-old dawn hochsprung the school's principal. we p want to go live with the latest in newtown, connecticut. >> good morning. any minute we expect police will release the names of the victims as the community begins to process the unimaginable horror of students lost at school. >> it all started on a seemingly ordinary day in the most unlikeliest places a sleepy new england town one of the worst mass shootings in this nation's history. >> sandy hook school. caller is indicating she thinks someone is shooting in the building. >> authorities say 20-year-old adam lanza seen as a teenager here came to the school wearing a bulletproofed vest and armed with a semi automatic assault rifle and two high powered pistols like these. they have recovered more than 3 weapons. >> everyone was scared. a really big kid inside of my class, i have never seen him cry and he was crying. it was really scary for all of us. >> hours before police say lanza had shot his mother in her home and headed to the school where he killed 26 people mostly children and then himself. after the rampage ended they l
of the children and school officials in newtown, connecticut. >> thank you. to lead us through the taiex thank you. to lead us through the preliminary matters and to provide us with a welcoming address, i would like to pass the gavel to congresswoman elect, joyce beatty. >> thank you very much, secretary husted. we begin with an innovation. at this time i would like to ask the reverend angela simmons to please come up. let us pray. almighty god, we gather here together today as people from many different faith traditions, yet we share a bond that is deep and enduring, a profound and abiding belief in justice and peace for all of your children. from the rolling hills of new england to the sunny beaches of california and beyond even the borders of this hallowed land. together today we meet to celebrate this democracy, lord, with which you have blessed us and we assemble to cast the votes that will elect the next president of these united states of america. we pray that each person casting a vote does so with a pure mind, heart, and soul seeking the very best and the highest good for the people of th
in politics, where emotion will pull the logic train. the emotion of what happened in newtown, connecticut, the emotion contained in a week of funerals, we're at the front of a church or synagogue or a mosque, you're going to be very small -- there are going to be very small caskets. t.j., if we still have the picture of jack pinto buried yesterday in newtown, connecticut, buried in his little league uniform, that right there is what is going to change the dialogue for this. people carry around for years pictures of their children in little league uniforms, hockey uniforms, first and second grade school picture. that's the picture, the emotion that will pull this thing. >> if it doesn't, there's a serious problem. i understand the president does -- has a lot to do, when it comes to making sure that our economy doesn't fall off the cliff. there are tens of millions of working americans that know that the fiscal cliff situation needs to be addressed. isn't human nature funny, though, how we need to get moving on this? >> those critical issues you just mentioned, they seem so insignificant. >
, it is an elementary school, sandy hook elementary school, newtown, connecticut. the developments continue to come in, and there's a news conference scheduled for 1:00 eastern time this afternoon. with that, i'm going to hand off the baton to my colleague suzanne malveaux to continue the coverage. suzanne. >> thank you very much. welcome to cnn newsroom and welcome to our viewers around the world as they simultaneous cast this domestically and internationally. we were breaking news out of connecticut. we're following this school shooting. police told us a number of people have been shot at sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut, about 60 miles north of new york. first calls coming into police around 9:40 local time this morning. children were being evacuated, the schools in the area all on lockdown. now, we have learned that the shooter is dead. we are also hearing multiple local reports of fatalities. i want to go to our cnn's jason carroll for the very latest. first of all, outline if you will how many people we know are dead, who has been killed, and who has been injured. >> well, fi
that his mother bought. the medical ex-naerm newtown says the children were each shot several times, all with an assault-style rifle like this one, a bush master bushmaster similar to the rifle used ten years ago by the washington, d.c. snipers who killed ten people and wounded three others. investigators say the gun belonged to nancy lanza of newtown, purchased legally in the last few years and used, they say, by her son, adam, who took it to the school after first fatally shooting his mother at the home where they both lived. authorities have not said how she stored the weapons, whether she kept them locked. nancy lanza's sister-in-law, adam lanza's aunt, stays is not unusual for a divorced woman, like nancy, who lived alone, to have them in the house. >> self-defense. she was a female. live aid loan, live nald beautiful neighborhood. >> reporter: but those guns she bought for protection, investigators say you were used by her own son to kill her. former classmates said a dam lanza was an awkward loner, bright, but painfully shy, so stoic says the former head of high school secure tha
will interview the nra president, david keene. >>> meanwhile in newtown, connecticut, the mourning and the funerals continue. elaine quijano is in newtown with more on that. good morning, elaine. >> reporter: good morning to you you, anthony. dignitaries and residents gathered for a moment of silence as the bell tolled 26 times. the solemn occasion marked one week since 20 children and six adults were killed at the sandy hook elementary school. nearby, the mood was somber too, as more wakes and funerals were held for the victims. meanwhile in washington the nra made its first public response since the tragedy. nra's president wayne lapierre spoke. he argued for the presence of armed guards in every american school. >> we need to have every single school in american immediately deploy a protection program, proven to work. and by that, i mean armed security. >> reporter: he took. >> questions from reporters and was interrupted twice by protesters. >> nra, stop killing our children. >> nra has blood on its hands! >> reporter: here in newtown, lapierre's sugge
teachers to carry concealed weapons and the law has been tested, but after newtown, anything seems possible. cnn, samt lake city. >> we continue right now with brooke baldwin. >> thank you. i'm brooke baldwin. a lot to get to including the standoff over your taxes. here's what we are hearing now. there could be a vote on john boehner's fiscal cliff plan as early as this evening. this of course is president obama's threatening to veto that. we will have more for you from capitol hill and also the man expected to be the next secretary of state is the one questioning the department he could soon take over. that is happening today all in a moment. first, we begin with the blizzard blowing out of the heardland. they are putting a freeze on the rush to get home for the holidays. take a look. this is a very, very big storm. a volatile storm and now a deadly storm. you have rain out front and heavy blowy snow extending right now from missouri to michigan and i want you to look at the pictures with me. this is why you need to think twice about driving in this. should you be in the path of the storm,
on that. >>> also this morning, the debate over gun control and the direction it is taking, as newtown attempts to observe christmas. >>> and why retailers are experiencing a slump while procrastinators are looking for last-minute christmas deals. experts say waiting to buy may have benefits that you may not have considered before. so this is a great story. the slowness may be worth it in the end. >> as long as you wrap it and don't give it in the plastic bag you got it from shopping in. >> no promises on that front. >>> later this half hour, make or break time for your favorite nfl teams. you know rob is watching all the games. we'll see how the season is shaping up. >> willis, how did the giants do yesterday? how did that game turn out? okay. i'm just curious. i don't hear anything today, willis. >> right, right. >> you're just so quiet. so unlike you today. looking angry. >> it's okay, willis, i'm with you. >> always next season, willis. >>> first, a major cleanup in northern california after a weekend blast of wet weather. dozens of flights were cap seld at bay area airports. >> an
:30. in newtown, connecticut, was there a moment of silence. the ringing of the bells. [ bells ] >> church bells rang out in honor of those killed a week ago when a gunman burst into sandy hook elementary school. 20 children and six adults died at the school. the gunman also killed his mother and himself. governors in at least 29 states called for a moment of silence in honor of the victims. now the white house says president obama took part privately. also in newtown today, three more victims of the massacre are being laid to rest. yesterday funerals were held for three 6-year-olds and two teachers. it is a heartbreaking scene that has played out over and over again this week. the mother of the gunman adam lanza has also been laid to rest. a friend says nancy lanza was buried yesterday at an undisclosed location. >>> the gun control debate intensifying one week after that horror in newtown, connecticut, the killing of innocent children. just moments ago we heard from the national rifle association, executive director wayne lapierre called for putting armed police in every school. he also blamed
. of course, we'll get the latest from newtown, connecticut. natalie morales is there this morning where two more funerals for the victims of the shooting will be held today. we'll get to her, but we'll give you the latest developments. sandy hook elementary school remains closed today, but newtown's other schools are reopening this morning for the first time since the shooting. >> as for the investigation, police hoped adam lanza's computer would provide some clues about a motive, but they say it has been badly damaged and so far those efforts have been unsuccessful. we're also learning that lanza had been assigned a psychologist when he was a student at newtown high school. we'll have much more on all of these developments coming up. >>> we want to begin with the news we just received this morning. nbc's richard engel and his team were freed from captors in syria where they were held for five days. richard joins us now from turkey along with his photographer and producer. gentlemen, may i be the first to say it is so good to see your faces. richard, can you take us through and tell us what
that vice president biden will spearhead his administration's response to the newtown shooting. the president is not expected to go into detail on policy decisions. the national rifle association has broken it's silence issuing a statement that reads in part this. the nra is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again. that's significant. >> can i stop for a second there? if progressives, if moderates, if conservatives that are concerned about these magazine clips and assault weapons, if they want to feel self-righteous and scream and yell, they can do it and we won't get a deal. this is like the fiscal cliff. in the end it's like in "lincoln" with the 13th amendment. if the nra comes out and says something like that, instead of everybody going, now that blood's on your hands, you know what? guess what? feel self-righteous. you can save lives, or you can feel self-righteous. beat your chest like jim and tammy faye bakker if that's how you sleep at night. if that gets you through the night, go ahead. i tell you what, the art of politics,
, los angeles responded to the newtown tragedy by starting their gun buyback sooner. they needed two sprawling sites including a sports arena. >> they're hunting rifles. >> reporter: angela atkins came to the los angeles gun buy-back with two hunting rifles and thoughts of the children who died in newtown, connecticut. >> it was emotional. i cried. and i just felt like those were everybody's children. >> reporter: so you're getting rid of your only guns. >> the only guns, yes. i couldn't send them a sympathy card or anything, so i just said that's the best thing i can do. >> reporter: it was because of newtown that l.a.'s mayor moved up the annual gun buyback usually held on mother's day. >> two shotguns. >> reporter: the city offers gift certificates up to $200 depending on the kind of gun. >> the n.r.a. might say you're just taking guns out of the hands of the good guys. >> well, the n.r.a. says a lot of things that doesn't pass the smell test for most of us. they said that what we need are more good guys with guns. well, there are a lot of good guys with guns. we have more good gu
maureen kelly about the massacre in newtown and the renewed push for stricter country. >> i was sitting in the office on california street and they said that there is somebody on a 34 with a gun and he is shooting. my secretary warned me. >>reporter: sheldon siegal worked at the law firm targeted by the gunman .and lost many friends and collegues that day. he says the massacre at sandy hook elementary brings up those painful memories from nearly 20 years ago. >> what is disappointing to me is we are 20 years removed and it is still happening. and it is happening more frequently now and it is seen to be accepting. as the regular course of events and that is a huge failure! >>reporter: after the incident at 101 california sheldon and other survivors formed the law center to prevent gun violence. tuesday they wrote this letter to the president obama urging stronger gun control lawsincluding the reinstatment of the federal ban on assault weapons. >> i have been in a building that was under attack if that ever happens again i hope that there is less of a chance for a person that might knock
this is reported i thought was redundant, like saying president obama's speech in n newtown was a call to scripture and prayer. it wasn't what he was talking about but he referenced scripture and prayer. the first words out of his mouth, the lord is already near, come, let us adore him. it was a spiritual message. in the middle of the message he reflected on the traditional family which we know the church supports and has long supported. and defended. and he made glancing reference to our personal selfishness and said that's a threat to the family. people not wanting to make commitments. and therefore give of their time and their energy to have families in the first place. and then he made reference to this manipulation of nature. but he never mentioned gay marriage. he never mentioned gay people in there. so i think, you know, it is it was certainly one can interpret that was the focus of what he was talking about in that particular paragraph. but i think to characterize the whole message that way is reductive. he was calling all of us to task for various failings, in our personal lives, and i thi
't at peared in public in more than two years. >>> so many gifts have poured into newtown, connecticut, that officials are now asking people to stop sending them. at least for now. newtown has been swamped with things like toys, flowers and school supplies ever since the school shootings. community leaders say they're grateful for the support and they will talk about best ways to help the town very soon. >>> just about 19 after the hour. we're going to give you early reads, the local news making national headlines. we begin with a story from arizona where in the wake of the newtown killings, the states attorney general is proposing a plan to arm one educator in each school. under that plan, each public school would designate a person, either a principal or teacher to keep the gun in a secured, locked location. it would be a voluntary program. the attorney general says state law would need to be amended before that plan could move forward. >>> and happy new year chicago. beginning january 1st, chicago's parking meters will be the most expensive in north america. a 75 cents jump doesn't
it from around the country. newtown, connecticut, is facing an extremely difficult christmas. but the nation has opened its heart to this town on this holiday. rob nelson has the story. >> reporter: good morning, guys. it's a cruel irony for newtown this christmas. in the midst of this season of giving, a town still reeling from so much lost. residents are finding no shortage of prayer, comfort, and kindness. during this season of giving, the people of newtown, connecticut, have been overwhelmed with love and support for the holidays. >> you do what you can. everybody does a little bit. and it means a whole lot to everybody. >> reporter: the newtown post office has been flooded with gifts, letters, and prayers. incredible sprinkles of love from all over the globe. >> i think i saw brazil, australia. anybody in newtown who needs a hug. it's amazing. >> reporter: at the local town hall, there are mountains of donated toys. and hurricane sandy victims wanted to spread the joy. >> we have had so much help, we wanted to pay it forward. >> reporter: and the people of newtown agree.
mourns. and i wanted to take a moment of silence for newtown, connecticut. if you'd join me, please. thank you. i will tell you that this is an exciting day for many, many reasons, but for me the first thing i wanted to say is just thank you to my lord and savior, jesus christ, to be honester with you. i believe that -- [applause] when you start out in a single-participant household with a mom who would works 16 ha day and you're looking at a future that doesn't look as bright and you're living in north charleston, south carolina, you build a strength that comes from having the appreciation -- >> so we're going to break away from this program. you can watch all of this if you'd like on our web site, c-span.org. take you live now to the floor of the u.s. senate back in, starting legislative business here at 2:00 eastern. live coverage, as always, right here on c-span2. the presiding officer: the senate will come to order. the chaplain, dr. barry black, will lead the senate in prayer. the chaplain: let us pray. almighty and everlasting god, in whom we live and move and have our being,
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